The LA Rams started this offseason with a significant move by trading former Pro Bowler Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford. The move has created much excitement around the Rams, with Stafford playing in head coach Sean McVay’s offensive scheme. Ahead of the 2021 season, the star quarterback has laid out his hopeful future plans with his new team.
LA Rams acquire Matthew Stafford
Following the LA Rams’ disappointing playoff exit, questions arose around Jared Goff’s long-term future.
Comments from head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead didn’t exactly douse the flame. Instead, the chatter continued to linger until late January after the Rams pulled the trigger on trading the former Pro Bowler to the Detroit Lions for star quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Rams did much of the heavy lifting in the trade, including moving first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, along with a 2021 third-round selection. LA also inherited the final two years of Stafford’s contract worth $43 million while taking a then-NFL record $22.2 million dead cap hit for 2021.
Meanwhile, the Lions absorbed a $17.8 million dead cap hit this year and Goff’s remaining four-year, $106.6 million deal. The move drastically shakes things up for both franchises, which Stafford didn’t hesitate to lay out his desired future outlook in LA.
Matthew Stafford spills out his future plans with the LA Rams ahead of 2021 Season
For the first time in his career, Matthew Stafford will play for another NFL team aside from the Detroit Lions.
The 33-year-old is moving into new territory, with the LA Rams holding the chance to become an anchor in guiding the franchise toward tremendous success. In his introductory press conference earlier this week, Stafford voiced much excitement for the opportunity and strong hope to make LA the last stop in his NFL career. (H/T USA TODAY Sports)
“Possibly the last. I’d love to make a long career here, play a bunch of years, have a ton of success as a team. That would be ideal for me,” he said. “I’ve moved my family once now, I would like to not have to do that again. I would love to be here and obviously that’s predicated on me playing at a high level and this team winning a bunch of football games, which is the plan. So hopefully we can get that going and make it happen.”
Stafford also voiced that he is nowhere near the thought of retirement, with his focus toward playing for several more seasons. He spent his first 12 years with the Lions, where he led the team to three playoff appearances and above a .500 record four times.
His performance on the field will ultimately dictate how his tenure will unfold in LA, but it’s clear that his heart lies in extending his stay in LA far longer than the final two years in his current contract.
His NFL future remains in his hands
Matthew Stafford holds a critical offseason ahead as he gets comfortable in his new situation.
Although the change in scenery is tough on its own, the fact that the trade was made so early in the offseason gives him much-needed time to get acquainted with his teammates and the playbook. Stafford has already spoken quite highly of his passing game weapons in Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
The next several months will be crucial in building on-the-field chemistry that the team can lean on in 2021 and possibly much further. It’s a promising situation that could see Stafford and the Rams blossom together to reach great heights next season.